ERIC Number: ED368252
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Sep-8
Reference Count: N/A
Assessment of Campus Viability. Report of the Viability Study Group.
Pennsylvania State Univ., Allentown.
This document presents a format for evaluating the viability of individual campuses in the Pennsylvania State University System (PSUS) including criteria and a process to apply them. A viable campus is defined as having a clear mission with a demonstrable agreement among administrative and faculty visions, having adequate resources, involving the community, and reflecting the mission and policy of PSUS. Related studies of campus viability are described including those that have examined institutional missions, viability indicators, and alternative organizational structures. Four viability factors are considered at length: (1) quality, (2) enrollment, (3) finances and facilities, and (4) community interest and political support. A quality assessment should cover student characteristics, program and course offerings, full-time faculty, non-tenure-track faculty, staff support, and administration. Enrollment factors considered in such an assessment should include critical mass, student retention, student/faculty ratios, and student/administration ratios. The third assessment area should include finance, facilities, and equipment. Finally, evaluation of community interest and political support should cover campus advisory board, educational leadership, economic development, cultural impact, local enrollments, fundraising, government support, alumni support, and state-wide advocacy. The paper also includes procedures for campus viability evaluation, suggested steps following a judgment that a campus is inefficient or ineffective, and actions in the case of a similar judgment of non-viability after 3 years. (Contains 40 references.) (JB)
Descriptors: College Outcomes Assessment, Community Support, Curriculum Evaluation, Educational Assessment, Educational Finance, Educational Quality, Enrollment, Evaluation Methods, Faculty Evaluation, Higher Education, Institutional Evaluation, Institutional Mission, Personnel Evaluation, Politics of Education, Program Evaluation, School Holding Power, State Colleges, Statewide Planning, Student Characteristics
Corrinne Caldwell, Campus Executive Officer, Campus Drive, Pennsylvania State University, Mont Alto, PA 17237 (free).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., Allentown.